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Twitter’s built-in video player runs 10 minutes of high-quality footage

We’ve known for a while that Twitter’s been planning to stick a homemade video player in your timeline, but for the most part, details have been scarce. Now we’ve got a closer look, as Daniel Raffel has flagged a Twitter FAQ about the player that sheds some light on the idea. According to the site, the player lets users upload up to 10 minutes of video in the MP4 or MOV format. Notably, the company is not capping a size limit on the video files, and are thus “encouraging partners to use the highest resolution source video.”

One word in that phrase — partners — suggests the project is aimed toward…

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How a computer error helped Deep Blue beat humanity’s best chess player

Chess legend Garry Kasparov beat IBM computer Deep Blue four games to two in a match organized in 1996. A year later, he was man versus the machine again, accepting another challenge from the team behind the supercomputer. This second time around, IBM’s competitor came out on top, beating Kasparov three-and-a-half games to two-and-a-half. After the loss Kasparov questioned whether Deep Blue’s team had cheated in order to beat him, but in a fascinating new short documentary by FiveThirtyEight and ESPN, it’s shown that the momentous victory — and the notorious 44th move that led to it — was actually the result of a computer error.

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Google halts Nexus Player pre-orders as it awaits FCC certification

When it comes to the living room, it seems Google just can’t catch a break. Pre-orders for the company’s latest effort, the Nexus Player, started briefly yesterday, but there was a bit of a problem. The device hadn’t yet been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). That’s why Nexus Player pre-orders are no longer available. A message on the Google Play store explains, “This device has not been approved by the Federal Communications Commission. It is not for sale until approval of the FCC has been obtained.” Among other duties, the agency certifies devices that emit electromagnetic radiation, and such products must be approved before going on sale in the US.

It’s unclear why the Nexus Player hasn’t yet obtained…

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Xbox One update rolling out with new media player and SmartGlass app improvements

Microsoft’s big September update for Xbox One is rolling out to consoles today, just under a month after the company made it available to select beta testers. The update includes a number of improvements focused at the TV integration on the Xbox One, including a boot to TV option, live TV mini guide, and an expansion of Microsoft’s OneGuide TV guide data to Brazil, Mexico, Austria, and Ireland.

The biggest feature is a new media player app that allows Xbox One owners to play files from attached USB devices. Codec support is robust, and Microsoft plans to support formats like animated GIFs and MKV by the end of the year. The Xbox One media player will also support DLNA playback by the end of the year, but right now it’s USB only.


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20 Tips For VLC Player Users

VLC is probably the most versatile video player you can download due to its amazing ability to play almost any codec you throw at it. This alone makes this app a worthy addition to your software suite. While most people use VLC as a simple video player, it is so much more than that. VLC is the Swiss Army Knife of video players with features that are hidden and unknown to the casual user.

VLC Playing Movie

These features include the ability to do video recording, playing Internet radio and video, simple editing; just to name a few. To go through the number of hidden features VLC has could fill an entire wiki (which it does). So instead of you reading through the incredibly technical wiki, we have gathered the best 20 VLC tips and tricks you may not know.

Note: The tips included here are done using the Windows version of VLC, unless specified.

1. Convert Media Files

Did you know that you can use VLC to convert your media files into a wide variety of formats? The app lets you choose exactly how you would like to convert them or you can simply use a given preset.

To start, go to Media > Convert / Save, add a file and click Convert / Save. From here you will select the desired codec to convert to.

VLC Convert

2. Play/Download Online Videos

You can actually use VLC to play and download online videos. You can use the full suite of tools to manipulate video playback or save them for later play.

To start an online video, go to Media > Open Network Stream. Press the Network tab, enter the URL of the video and click Play. To save it, instead of Play, choose Convert.

VLC Online Video

3. Record A Currently Playing Video/Audio

If you want to record and capture a snippet of a video that you are playing, VLC has an option to do so. To enable this feature, on the menu bar, click View > Advanced Controls. Extra buttons will appear on the app. While playing a media file, click on the Record button to start recording. Press again to stop.

Recordings will be saved in the Videos folder for videos while audio will go to your Music folder. On the Mac version, go to the menu bar and click Playback > Record or use the shortcut CMD + ALT + r.

4. Record Desktop

VLC is able to record a video of your desktop, acting as a screen recorder. To enable desktop recording, go to Media > Convert / Save. Go to the Capture Device tab and on the Capture mode drop down menu, select Desktop. Select your frame rate under Desired frame rate for the capture and click Convert / Save. Finally select your codec and the destination and click Start. To stop recording, click the Stop button.

5. Record Webcam

You can record a video in VLC using the webcam. Go to Media > Open Capture Device and select DirectShow from the Capture mode drop menu. From here you will select the video and audio device from where it will capture. Click Play and VLC will stream from your webcam. Use VLC’s ability to record currently playing video and you have yourself a webcam recorder.

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6. Rip A DVD

Did you know you can use VLC to rip your DVD’s into your computer? It’s a simple way to create an archive of your DVD’s for backup purposes or a way to view them when you do not have access to the physical disc.

Go to Media > Convert / Save and click on the Disc tab. Under Disc Selection, click on the radio button of the media disc you are using and check No disc menu. Make sure the selected Disc device is correct and click Convert / Save. Choose the codec you wish to save in and save it with the extension that is compatible with your codec.


7. Remote Control VLC From A Browser

There is an option available to use a web browser as a simple remote control for VLC. This is incredibly useful when running VLC on a media center PC, as you can control it using a laptop or your mobile phone.

To enable this feature, go to Tools > Preference, and click the radio box All under Show settings. Next, go to Interface > Main Interface and tick the Web check box. Then, under Interface > Main > Lua, set the Lua HTTP Password. Remote control through the browser should now be enabled.

To test this, on your browser with VLC installed, go to localhost:8080. It will ask for the password and once given, it should display a remote control interface for VLC. To use this on another device, you will need to find the IP address of your devices’s browser. Add the address on your device’s browser with :8080 appended to it, for example Your device is now a simple VLC remote.

VLC Remote Control

8. Video And Audio Effects

VLC gives you a multitude of tools that allows you to manipulate the video and audio of any given media. To see the tools available, go to Tools > Adjustments and Effects. From here, you will see tabs that contain the A/V manipulation tools. On the video side, you can adjust colors, crop, rotate video, add filters, etc. With audio, you get the usual equalizers to tune your music.

9. Subscribe To Podcast

If you are looking for a very simple podcast subscription app, VLC can fill that need. You can use the app to subscribe to your favorite video and audio podcast and view them all within the app.

To subscribe to a podcast, got to the Playlist sidebar, under Internet, there is a Podcast option. Hover your mouse cursor over it and a + will appear. Click on it and add the RSS for your podcast. On the Mac version, go to the Podcast option and press Subscribe to add the RSS URL.

VLC Podcast

10. Play Internet Radio

VLC provides Internet Radio channels on its Playlist sidebar for you to browse and search for online radio stations. If the provided stations don’t interest you, you can play your favorite channel by getting the station’s URL and opening it using Media > Open Network Stream.

VLC Internet Radio

11. Video Wallpaper

Ever wanted to have a video playing as your desktop wallpaper? There is a simple way to toggle this using VLC. Go to Tools > Preference. Click on Video and under the Output drop down box, select DirectX (DirectDraw) video output. Save and restart VLC. The next time you play a video, an option will appear on the right-click menu under Video to play as a Set as Wallpaper. Choose it and the video will then start playing as your desktop background.

VLC Video Wallpaper

12. Add Watermarks On Video

You can add your own watermarks on a video through VLC, bypassing a need for a dedicated video editor to do so. Do remember though that you will need to use VLC’s recording feature to save the video with the watermark.

To start, go to Tools > Effects and Filters. Click on the Video Effects tab and under the Overlay tab, you will get options to either add in your logo or a simple text to the video.

VLC Watermarked Video

13. Play Video As ASCII Characters

For a bit of fun, VLC allows you to display a video all in ACSII characters. To enable this fun feature, go to Tools > Preference and click on Video. Under the Output drop down box, choose Color ASCII art video output. Your video will now be displayed entirely in ACSII. Now try watching ‘The Matrix’ like this.


14. Play Media Contained In Archive Files

If you have a ZIP or RAR file that contains a media file, you can actually play them within VLC without extracting them. Simply open them with VLC and it will play all of the files contained within.

If the file is broken up into pieces, just open the first part of the archive in VLC, making sure all the files are within the same place. This is a good tip when you don’t want to waste space decompressing the video.

VLC Archive

15. Scrobble To

If you are a heavy user, you can scrobble the music you play through VLC. To enable it, got to Tools > Preference. On the Show settings radio box, click All. Click on Interface > Control interfaces and tick the check box for Submission of played songs to Then, under Interface > Control interfaces > Audioscrobbler, enter in your credentials.


16. Take A Snapshot

Ever need to take a snapshot of a video you are watching? VLC has a way to do so. Simply use the shotcut Shift + s on Windows and Linux or CMD + ALT + s on OS X. The picture will be saved in your OS’s respective pictures folder.

VLC Snapshots

17. Bookmark A Video

You can bookmark a part of a video so that you can return to it later on, if you feel like replaying a certain part of a video. To bookmark a video, go to Playback > Custom Bookmarks > Manage. The Edit Bookmarks window will pop up. Press the Create button when at a section of a video you would like to bookmark.

VLC Bookmark

18. Add Subtitles

If a video you have doesn’t come with subtitles, you can add your own by finding an SRT subtitle file for the video and adding it in. To add the subtitle, play your video and go to Subtitle on the menu bar and click Add Subtitle File. If you want VLC to play it automatically, place the SRT file in the same folder as the video and make sure it uses the same file name as the video file.

VLC Subtitles

19. Double Or Slow Down The Playback Speed

This feature is incredibly useful when you are watching a media file primarily for the content, such as podcast, audiobooks, recorded lectures, etc. To start, press ] to fast forward by 0.1x for each press. To slow it down, press [ instead. On the Mac, there is a slider to control playback speed, located in Playback.

20. Extensions And Plugins

Just like Firefox, you can extend the functionality and appearance of your VLC player. There are a variety of extensions and skins available on the VideoLAN site. Take a look and see what appeals to you.

Some of the extensions enable you to automatically get subtitles, info on the actors, as well as lyrics to songs, among other things. Skins, on the other hand, allow you to modify the look of your media player and there are many available that are sure to fit your taste.

VLC Skins

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Customize SoundCloud Audio Player With ToneDen SDK

Audio streaming have been around on the Internet since 1990 and there are not numerous popular audio streaming platforms to choose from now. One of the most popular is SoundCloud which has some distinct advantages over its competitors including being easy to embed.

While the embedded player is very user friendly and responsive — you can put it on the sidebar, on a post or a homepage – you can limited when it comes to customizing the player. You can only change the color and size before sharing or embedding it. If you want to put the player in your web page with whole new design, then you may like ToneDen.

ToneDen is a javascript library build for customizing SoundCloud audio player. The player is responsive, customizable and extensible. You can change the skin, enable the keyboard event or choose to display the player with a single track only or full with playlist. In this post, I will guide you to the basic installation and optimization. Let’s get started!

Installing The Player

To get customized SoundCloud player, you don’t need any embedded script from SoundCloud site. All you have to do is just define an element with unique id then add the required script.

For example, I want to add one of my favorite users from SoundCloud, Regina Spektor, to my site. The first thing that I’m going to do is create a div with unique id, say player, like so.

 <div id="player"></div> 

Then I add the following required javascript before the closing tag of body:

 <script> (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); script.type = 'text/javascript'; script.async = true; script.src = '' var entry = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; entry.parentNode.insertBefore(script, entry); }()); ToneDenReady = window.ToneDenReady || []; ToneDenReady.push(function() { // This is where all the action happens: ToneDen.player.create({ dom: '#player', urls: [ '' ] }); }); </script> 

The first function is basically to call javascript library of ToneDen. Just leave everything as it is, and if you want to host the source on your own server, get it here.

In the second function, this is where you should reference all resources. To display the player, give the dom the same id as we define before. And to call the audio source, I just need to add the urls with the user url that I want. If you need only selected audio tracks, then include the audio urls like so:

 urls: [ '', '', '', ] 

That’s it! Now I got my beautiful SoundCloud player:

Customizing The Player

As mentioned, you can customize the ToneDen player if you don’t like the default option. To customize it, just include the related API in the second function. Head over to the API documentation page for more detail.

The following snippet is a demo of using simple API like skin to change the player color, single for changing the UI looks to be minimalistic and visualizerType to show a different type of visualization.

 ToneDenReady = window.ToneDenReady || []; ToneDenReady.push(function() { // This is where all the action happens: ToneDen.player.create({ dom: '#player', urls: [ '', '', '', ], single: true, skin: 'dark', visualizerType: 'bars' }); }); 

Our player now should look like this:

If you want to have multiple players on the page, easily create some more ToneDen.player.create like so:

 ToneDenReady.push(function() { ToneDen.player.create({ dom: '#player1', urls: [ '' ] }); ToneDen.player.create({ dom: '#player2', urls: [ '' ] }); ToneDen.player.create({ dom: '#player3', urls: [ '' ] }); }); 

Final Thought

With just some additional code, now you can create your own version of the SoundCloud player. The thing I like most from this library is its minimalistic design and easy customization. You can also integrate this player to your WordPress blog with some easy tutorial in the bottom of ToneDen page. Have fun!

Long Player Football Club Puts Iconic Players On Album Covers

’Twas the eve before FIFA World Cup, when all through the world, people were professing their love for the noble sport that is football (not soccer, my dear American friends, the players actually strike the ball with their foot, hence the name football). Let’s not dwell on the horrid, horrid official typeface Pagode Bold – the facepalm in the official logo accurately expresses the reaction of the collective typographic community to this train wreck. Well, let’s dwell on it a tiny bit, and compare it to the splendid Rio 2016 font by Dalton Maag for the Olympics in the same country. Point made. But I digress… I would like to take a look at a marvellous project by James Campbell Taylor of Pennarello. The artist behind the World Cup 1930-2014 poster project re-imagined iconic football players as pop stars and put them on album covers for LPFC (short for Long Player Football Club).

Freestyle Script | Blackoak

The premise for the LPFC gallery is simple: “What if the football heroes of the past fifty years had been pop stars?” Starting from this basic idea, James Campbell Taylor combined two of his two passions. On the one hand the British-born, New York-based graphic designers collects old jerseys, writes about football and lost his heart to this sport. On the other hand he loves vinyl. A few years ago his wife gave him a record player, and since then their New York apartment has been filling up with records. With the upcoming World Cup in mind, Taylor designed sleeves for fictional long players for 24 iconic players.

Turnpike (Wide Grotesque) | Coronet

The football fan in James Campbell Taylor selected players with a high mythical value, while the music lover in him connected them to music genres and thought up fitting album titles. Finally the graphic designer created artwork in a style that was fashionable at the high-point of their careers and links to their nationality. The designs are smart and simply beautiful. Whereas many similar projects suffer in various degrees of inadequate typography, here Taylor hits all the right notes. Taylor’s attention for detail is impressive, from colour palette and typographic style to the logos of the record labels, catalogue numbers and the occasional signature. The wear adds the right touch of vintage to the two dozen designs. More than a stylistic exercise, it suggests that – just like the football players – vinyl always stays authentic, despite the wear and the lack of playing.

Monotype Engravers (Wide Engraved Serif Caps)

AW Conqueror Didot (Didone) | Bodoni

Bodoni MT Poster (Extra Bold: Didone) | Deming EP (Wood Type: Wide Slab)

Century Gothic

Aldo (Stencil: Display) | Bodoni

Cooper Black

Geo Sans (Futura Alternatives)

ITC Souvenir

Helvetica (Neue Haas Grotesk, Helvetica Alternatives)

Big Mummy

Trade Gothic (Trade/News/Franklin Gothic Alternatives)

Phat Phreddy (Koloss)

Aldine Expanded | Bodoni


Arvil Sans

Franklin Gothic (Trade/News/Franklin Gothic Alternatives)

Stencil (Stencil: Headline)

ITC Franklin Gothic (Trade/News/Franklin Gothic Alternatives)

Steelfish (Extra Bold: Compact Sans Serifs) | ITC Franklin Gothic (Trade/News/Franklin Gothic Alternatives)

Steelfish (Extra Bold: Compact Sans Serifs) | ITC Franklin Gothic (Trade/News/Franklin Gothic Alternatives)

Impact Label (FF Dynamoe)

Bemio | Trade Gothic (Trade/News/Franklin Gothic Alternatives)

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Road to World Cup – Creative Football Player Illustrations

California based graphic designer Manu Faves has been incorporating a vintage nostalgia with a modern twist into his designs for over fifteen years. His recent project on football players ‘Road to World Cup‘ has caught our attention in which he has brilliantly created cartoonish illustrations of some of the anticipated big names in world football that you will be [hopefully] seeing on the pitch in this next FIFA World Cup.

Through his football player illustrations, Manu has graphically discussed the specific strengths of each player and how their assets might prove to be useful for their respective national teams. The designs of his illustrations are truly sensational and invigorates a sense of enthusiasm that has now started to rise among the fans as we get closer and closer to the kick-off of the next World Cup. Take a look at his amazing artwork and be inspired.

The Road to World Cup Players by Manu Faves

Clint Dempsey usa Road to World Cup Players illustrated poster designed fifa
Clint Dempsey (USA)

Didier Drogba Ivory Coast Road to World Cup football player illustrations poster designed fifa
Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)

Keisuke Honda japan Road to World Cup football player illustrations poster designed fifa
Keisuke Honda (Japan)

Wayne Rooney England Road to World Cup Players illustrated poster designed fifa
Wayne Rooney (England)

Dani Alves Brazil Road to World Cup Players illustrated poster designed fifa
Dani Alves (Brazil)

Andrea Pirlo Italy Road to World Cup Players illustrated poster designed fifa
Andrea Pirlo (Italy)

Raul Meireles Portugal Road to World Cup Players illustrated poster designed fifa
Raul Meireles (Portugal)

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